Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer was refreshingly modest about his success. He won hundreds of trophies and awards, but never displayed them publicly. The one trophy in his office: a battered little cup he received for his first professional win at the Canadian Open.
In addition to the cup, a lone framed plaque on the wall summed his philosophy about success on and off his field of play:
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win but think you can’t,
It’s almost certain that you won’t.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger woman or man,
But sooner or later, those who win
Are those who think they can.
Inspiring words, aren’t they? This quiet little poem on a plaque on Palmer’s wall reminds us that our mindset is really what counts. If we believe in ourselves, if we think we can, if we see failure as feedback and keep moving steadily forward, we’ll win sooner or later.
So let’s keep our eye on the ball. Let’s remember that it’s not always the strongest person—the one who seems to have the most advantages—who ultimately achieves the most. It’s those of us who bring a quiet confidence to our work, who cultivate a can-do attitude. Write on!
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